Soup’s On fundraiser re­turns for a 24th year.

Pop­u­lar Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Perth County fundraiser re­turns for a 24th year

The Beacon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - GALEN SIM­MONS STAFF RE­PORTER

Soup is on the lunch menu this Saturday for Strat­ford and area res­i­dents.

For the 24th year, the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Perth County is bring­ing its much-loved Soup’s On fundraiser back to the Strat­ford Ro­tary Com­plex from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional soup chefs will bring their finest cre­ations for at­ten­dees to sam­ple.

“As al­ways, there will be lots of soup. We have Strings & Traps per­form­ing. They’re a big lo­cal favourite, so we’re ex­cited to have them back. Ed­die Matthews is our em­cee, and we have a huge si­lent auc­tion with a West­Jet voucher, a Via Rail voucher, and all kinds of stuff,” said Amy Robi­net, op­er­a­tions co­or­di­na­tor for the lo­cal Alzheimer so­ci­ety. “We’ve got smaller items, big­ger items. We’ve got fur­ni­ture, art, we’ve got gift cer­tifi­cates, and we’ve got our kids corner with some face paint­ing and some fun over there.

“But of course the big hit is the soup.”

With 32 soup ven­dors lined up for the event, those in at­ten­dance will have the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase Soupons, which they can use for ei­ther full cups or taster por­tions of as few or as many dif­fer­ent kinds of soup as they like.

“This is a soup-tast­ing event, so we hope peo­ple will try a va­ri­ety of soups – try some­thing they maybe wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily try – and find some new soups to like,” Robi­net said.

But of the 32 ven­dors, Robi­net would only re­veal the type of soup she and her col­leagues at the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Perth County will be serv­ing up – a black bean and salsa soup that was a hit when they held its an­nual soup-tast­ing lunch hour last fall to de­ter­mine which one they would show­case.

“And some of those ven­dors are do­ing two soups, so there will be lots to try. … Of course, we’ve got the lo­cal restau­rants and shops do­ing some soups, but we also have some ser­vice groups. We have a church. We have some lo­cal busi­nesses, so it’s sort of all over the map,” she said.

“... I can’t di­vulge who’s mak­ing what. I’m sworn to se­crecy on sev­eral. There are some re­ally neat ones this year.”

Car­ry­ing for­ward an ini­tia­tive started last year in an effort to cut down on waste, Robi­net is ask­ing at­ten­dees to bring their own soup spoons. Those who bring their own spoons will be eligible to en­ter a draw for a tree, do­nated by Strat­ford’s en­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee.

Along with the cost of Soupons, admission is by do­na­tion. All pro­ceeds will go back to the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Perth County.

“All the money raised stays here in Perth County, and of course we serve the en­tire county. So that’s Lis­towel, over to Mitchell, Strat­ford, St. Marys, and ev­ery­one in be­tween,” Robi­net said. “That helps with sup­port groups, ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions, and all the things we do here in the of­fice, so we’re so thrilled that this com­mu­nity sup­ports this event so well.”

Fore more in­for­ma­tion, look up the Soup’s On 2019 event page on Face­book. gsim­[email protected]­media.com

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A ven­dor at last year’s Soup’s On event in Strat­ford serves up a taster por­tion of soup.

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